GO NEGOSYO INSPIRING FILIPINA ENTREPRENEURS 2017. (first row from left) Gina Lorenzana, Sheree Gotuaco, Honie Navor, Mary Montemayor, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Rosalind Wee, Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore), President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Mercedes Gotianun, Go Negosyo Founder and PA on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, Tessie Sy-Coson, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Pacita Juan, Corazon Dayro-Ong and Ester Vitto. (Second row from left) Rebecca Bustamante, Anne Gonzalez, Evelyn Palomo, Felicitas Pantoja, ArizzaNocum, Rachel de Villa, Ana de Ocampo, EvellinDaytao, Cherrie Atilano, Doris Magsaysay Ho, Felicia Atienza, Lydia Lomibao, Arlene Mabute, Pamela Henares and Imelda Dagus.
A big part of our mission to empower Filipinos through entrepreneurship is directed towards mothers, aunts, grandmothers, and other women in the society. For the past 10 years, we have been honoring and recognizing successful and inspiring Filipina entrepreneurs through our annual Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit or FES.
FES is the platform we use to showcase creative business ideas, innovative business models, and well-thought of business strategies made by women entrepreneurs who have led their respective enterprises with grit and passion.
Looking back at those years, I was reminded of how many women entrepreneurs have been honored by Go Negosyo. More than 100 Pinays have been recognized as Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur and more than 300 women have been part of the program as they have shared their entrepreneurial journey to thousands of participants.
More than the women awardees, panelists and speakers, imagine the number of participants in the audience who have been touched and encouraged to pursue their goals. Every year, we are averaging 5,000 delegates who are all ears during the summit.
As we celebrate its tenth run this year, let me share with you some highlights of the past Filipina Entrepreneurship Summits:
Joey Concepcion’s 100 Inspiring Stories of Small Entrepreneurs was launched during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2010. In photo are the featured entrepreneurs together with then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing received the award from Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion together with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Myrna Yao, and Kat Luna-Abelarde.
In 2011, Batangas Governor Vila Santos-Recto was recognized during the 3rd Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.
Joey Concepcion and then Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez with the 2013 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees.
2012 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs together with their ladder trophies which signifies the path of entrepreneurship.
Joey Concepcion and Grace Padaca during the 2012 Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.
Inspiring women entrepreneurs share their entrepreneurial stories. In photo (L-R) Alice Eduardo, Fe Agudo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Maria Ressa, Yati Abdullah, Marife Zamora, Dr. Milagros Ong-How, and Karen Davila.
4th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit Awardees.
Sen. Cynthia Villar and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago together with Joey Concepcion and Sec. Ramon Lopez during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2013.
Entrepreneur herself, Kris Aquino, interviewed one of the participants in the audience.
Micro entrepreneur Marivic Quiero together with Alice Eduardo and Joey Concepcion.
Sen. Grace Poe also attended the Filipina Entrepreneurs Summit 2015.
Sen. Grace Poe also attended the Filipina Entrepreneurs Summit 2015.
The 2016 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awardees.
Every year, more than 5000 delegates attend the Filipina Summit. Attendees include students, entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.
For the first time, in 2017, the awarding ceremony for Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur Awards was held in Malacanang in the presence of President Duterte.
Socorro Ramos or fondly known Nanay Coring received the legacy award from President Duterte and Executive Secretary Bingbong Medialdea.
One of the awardees’ mother hugged President Duterte during the awarding ceremony.
In 2014, Joey Concepcion hosted a special dinner for 50 Inspiring women of Passion which includes Maria Ressa, Sheila Marcelo, and Jessica Cox. Joining them in photo is Karen Davila.
Business delegates of India and Philippines together with President Rodrigo Duterte.
NEW DELHI, India — Since my appointment as Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, I try to attend the presidential state visits as a member of the official delegation of President Rodrigo Duterte. But I always take my own flight as the adviser to the president, as I do not want the government to spend for me since all my work is pro bono.
I joined President Duterte, his economic team, and the business delegates during the state visit in India for the ASEAN-India Special Commemorative Summit and India’s Republic Day. I was glad to be part of the delegation as we strengthened our partnership with India.
We just finished the round-table meeting with President Duterte, Indian businessmen and our trade team led by DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez and Usec. Nora Terrado, who both did an amazing job in this engagement. This is the first time in 10 years that a Philippine president has visited India.
Joining the delegation are Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce Philippines president Rex Daryanani and ASEAN-India Business Council head Johnny Chotrani. Rex is a dynamic leader who has harnessed the Indian Chamber well, which resulted in a partnership signing with the Indian Chamber of Commerce.
In his speech, President Duterte encouraged the Indian business community to invest in the Philippines. Many members of the business sector are already doing business in our country. Most of them are, in fact, in the BPO industry. Indians are also in the pharmaceutical industry and supply most of the generic drugs in the Philippines. The president was so engaged in the discussion that his team had to remind him that his plane was ready to take off. You could really sense his passion as a leader, just like India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Modi graced the second day of our ASEAN Business and Investment Summit last Nov. 13, 2017, where he talked about the impressive programs of India for MSME development. Indian Ambassador to the Philippines Jaideep Mazumdar was instrumental in his participation.
I was also surprised to receive the Padma Shri award, India’s fourth highest civilian award, during the state visit. The award was conferred to commemorate the silver anniversary of India-ASEAN partnership. I was not informed about this prior to the trip, so it came as a big surprise. One individual from each ASEAN country received the recognition and I am honored to be the representative of the Philippines.
Members of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce Philippines and Indian Chamber of Commerce posed for a photo with their fist bump, a trade mark shot of the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion with Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce Philippines President Rex Daryanani.
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez with Marissa and Joey Concepcion.
Sec. Ramon Lopez led the presentation of business agreements. In photo are Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, President Rodrigo Duterte, Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo, Trade Undersecretary Nora Terrado, and PCCI Chairman George Barcelon.
PA Joey Concepcion and wife Marissa with Rex and Angelica Daryanani and Secretary Ramon Lopez.
Manuel Louie Ferrer, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Edgar Saavedra, PA Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, Angelica Daryanani, and Rex Daryanani.
PA Joey Concepcion shared a lovely breakfast with former House Speaker and Congressman Sonny Belmonte. PA Joey suggested that Cong. Belmonte should hire someone to write a book about his life and leadership.
Cultural performances during the banquet for ASEAN leaders.
Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and PA Joey Concepcion
PA Joey Concepcion, Cathy Ileto, Usec. Nora Terrado, George Barcelon, and Johnny Chotrani
President Duterte encouraged Indians to continue doing business in the Philippines during the Presentation of Business Agreements.
President Duterte gave a speech during the Presentation of Business Agreements.
Some of the delegates of the Philippines-India Business Forum.
FICCI President Rex Daryanani and President Duterte. Also in photo is Secretary Ramon Lopez.
FICCI President Rex Daryanani led the partnership with Indian Chamber of Commerce.
Fist bump photo with members of the Indian Chambers.
Indian businessmen together with President Duterte, PA Joey Concepcion, Sec. Ramon Lopez, George Barcelon, and Usec. Nora Terrado.
ASEAN Leaders during the intimate banquet hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Colorful costumes completed the cultural performances.
Marissa Concepcion, Eva Tejada, Usec. Nora Terrado and Angelica Daryanani.
Josephine Gotianun Yap (Filinvest), Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation), and Winston Uy (Universal Leaf Philippines)
“We wish for a year of peace, prosperity and progress for the Philippines and our countrymen.” – Josephine Gotianun Yap, Filinvest
For 2018, these are my wishes: more selflessness and peace in the world, more hopes realized, more efforts rewarded, more Filipinos with a better quality of life. For my children, nieces and nephews, I hope for them to find and keep purpose and to live lives that will contribute to the greater good.” – Alice Eduardo, Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation
“I wish for good weather and no calamities. Bountiful harvest for the farmers and no wasted resources of the government to alleviate calamities.” – Winston Uy, Universal Leaf Philippines
Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation), Marife Zamora (Convergys Philippines), and Manny Ayala (Endeavor Philippines)
“My wish is for our country to continue the path towards prosperity. Hoping more small and medium companies will benefit from the entrepreneurship programs of Go Negosyo. Praying the anti red tape bill will take off so more businesses could get permits instantly and generate jobs for our countrymen. Lastly, may our Lord continue to be gracious to all of us and let there be peace in our country.” – Cecilio Pedro, Lamoiyan Corporation
“In the hope that 2018 represents at least the start of a turning point, I offer these wishes. (1) Everyone in the world stand up for the rule of law; (2) the well-being of humanity keeps getting better. People live well and freely. We devote 2% or more of our philanthropic dollars to climate change; (3) democracy thrives. Creeping authoritarianism remains a major threat; (4) everyone finds an escape. I hope all of us find ways to escape our exhausting political times as well as our all-consuming digital technologies and enjoy ourselves. Take advantage of cheap, delicious and healthy food. Test drive a semi-autonomous car to get a feel of the future. And when in doubt, spend time with family and friends; and lastly, (5) the Philippines is a wonderful country in which the values of our Constitution are lived actively. A country that is strong and economically successful, in which people have work or thriving business more than ever.” – Marife Zamora, Convergys Philippines
“My wish for 2018: To find at least 6 more High Impact Entrepreneurs in the Philippines that Endeavor can support by giving them access to mentoring, markets, capital and talent.” – Manny Ayala, Endeavor Philippines
Rey Lapid (R.Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbecue), Patty Chilip (Standard Insurance), Annabella Wisniewski (Raintree Group)
“My hopes to continue the rebuilding of our country. Decrease unemployment by creating more job opportunities and build potential entrepreneurs through various MSME mentorship and assistance programs. Nationwide innovations to produce world-class products and services.” – Rey Lapid, R.Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbecue
“For 2018, I am hopeful that we can work together as a country to uplift the lives of the marginalized. What is heartening is that everyone is helping another – whether relative, scholar, a neighbor or friend. We are a generous and loving people and I pray that we are able to progress further as a nation through education, business, and hard work.” – Patty Chilip, Standard Insurance
“My sincerest wish for 2018 is for our country to FINALLY get its act together. For our people, especially those in power, to put the country’s welfare before selfish personal interests to think long term versus short term, & to actively initiate & participate in programs to improve the lives of those still left behind. On a personal basis, I pray for continued good health for truly, health is wealth.” – Annabella Wisniewski, Raintree Group
Myrna Yao (Richprime Global), Steve Benitez (Bo’s Coffee), and Arsenio Barcelona (Harbest Corporation)
“My wishes this 2018 are to have peace in the world, continuous economic growth for our country and may God protect our country from any disaster.” – Myrna Yao, Richprime Global
“For my industry, may the establishment of the Philippine Coffee Council bring all stakeholders together to realize the goals of the Philippine Coffee Road Map. For the country, may peace prevail and our economy grow even stronger and its impact felt all the way down to the grassroots level.” – Steve Benitez, Bo’s Coffee
“2018 will open doors to young entrepreneurs as big brothers and big sisters will share their life’s experiences of success and failures in business. It will be an eye and heart opener for both young and old. It will be a year of sharing and empowerment.” – Arsenio Barcelona, Harbest Corporation
Cong. Arthur Yap (House of Representatives), Corazon Dayro-Ong (CDO Foodsphere), and Atty. Gianna Montinola, Far Eastern University
“Less politics, more business. Less talk, more work. Less finger-pointing, more hand-holding. Less sickness, more health. Less greed, more gratitude. Less war, more peace. Problems will come and we will always be tested, but I pray that we will be given the strength and grace to survive our trials. I wish all prosperity and success in 2018.” – Cong. Arthur Yap, House of Representatives
“I continuously pray for good health, strength and wisdom for our family. For CDO Foodsphere, I wish nothing else but a solid foundation of growth and continued success not only for the upliftment of the lives of our stakeholders but co-workers as well. And for the country, my wish is for the Philippines to be able to move forward with leaders who are genuinely committed to serve our countrymen.” – Corazon Dayro-Ong, CDO Foodsphere
“As we look ahead to a new year, I wish we could all work together to bridge our differences and volunteer to find meaningful ways to create lasting impact in our poor communities and in our country.” – Atty. Gianna Montinola, Far Eastern University
Yati Abdullah (DHL Express Philippines), Samie Lim (Blims Furniture), Tony Meloto (Gawad Kalinga)
“May 2018 be a year of remarkable prosperity for businesses across diverse industries and homegrown enterprises nationwide, especially the SMEs that are ready to claim their stake on the immense growth potential in e-commerce. We live in such an exciting time when disruptors are welcomed and seen as opportunity for even the most established brands to think on their feet and cope to improve and thrive.” – Yati Abdullah, DHL Express Philippines
“I look forward to the coming of the ‘ Golden era for the MSME’s.’ When the government through DTI, then the private sector lead by PCCI and Go Negosyo converge and finally put their act together to built a sustainable strong middle class, that will bring us eventually to a ‘first world status.” – Samie Lim, Blims Furniture
“My wish for 2018: To achieve sustainable prosperity and peace in the Philippines by creating inclusive wealth through social entrepreneurship, promoting a patriotic market for top quality Philippine made products, developing our supply chain in self-reliant and self-sufficient rural farming communities, raising the new middle-class from the aspiring and hardworking Filipinos from the BOP (Bottom of the Pyramid). May we be one heart and one mind in building a prosperous nation through caring and sharing that truly honors God who gave us the privilege of being Filipino.” – Tony Meloto, Gawad Kalinga
Alegria Limjoco (Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Richard Sanz (Philippine Franchise Association), and Kat Luna-Abelarde (PLDT Global Corporation)
“As our economy grows from good to great, may PCCI be an instrument in uplifting the plight of Filipino businesses in order to serve as big brothers to our small brothers. the MSMEs. Hence, create a stronger middle class.” – Alegria Limjoco, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
“For 2018, I foresee that 2018 will be the year that Philippine MSME’s will finally start to bloom, expand, and level up to provide the much-needed inclusive growth. Picture this, if the MSME’s grow, millions of jobs and trade opportunities will open up, and fellow Filipinos won’t need to go abroad because the opportunities are right here in our own land! Families won’t be separated, the next generation will be well-guided by both their parents, and so on. And we Filipinos will gain the reputation, dignity, and pride we deserve, not a nation of servers, but a nation of builders! 2018 will definitely bring us closer to our common dream of bringing prosperity to all Filipinos especially with the support of President Duterte through the efforts of PA Joey and Sec. Mon Lopez. That’s why the Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) is strengthening its role to the country by developing dynamic programs to assist MSME’s in the restaurant, retail, and service sectors level up and grow thru franchising. Mabuhay and wishing a prosperous new year to all Filipino entrepreneurs!” – Richard Sanz, Philippine Franchise Association
“What a wonderful journey we find ourselves in, and it can only get better! May our Leaders be gifted with the mental tenacity and physical resilience to shepherd our people towards sustainable progress. May our children – our future – be raised with a deeper sense of “malasakit” — Global Awareness, Love for Country, and Empathy towards others. May we all find our life-purpose and have the courage to live it. And that in all things, God May Be Glorified.” – Kat Luna-Abelarde, PLDT Global Corporation
Mylene Abiva (FELTA), Rommel Juan (Binalot), and Former Trade Secretary Greg Domingo
“I wish the Filipino youth will be globally competitive in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) relevant workforce. All Philippine schools adopt robotics integrated education in the grass roots level. And, I continue to spread the importance of the 5 P’s (Positive, Proactive, Physically fit, Passionate, and Prayerful) to the success in personal and business challenges.” – Mylene Abiva, FELTA
“I wish for more branches to open for BINALOT in country and abroad. I wish that the the country continuous to enjoy the economic progress that we are currently experiencing. And that more foreign investments come with the help of our Super Secretary Mon Lopez , PA Joey and the Go Negosyo community.” – Rommel Juan, Binalot
“Wishing for good health and lots of love all around!” – Former Trade Secretary Greg Domingo
Josiah Go (Mansmith and Fielders), Joy Abaquin (Multiple Intelligence School International), and Federico Moreno (Xcess Salon)
“I wish companies will allow their employees to teach in school or do community service during office time.” – Josiah Go, Mansmith and Fielders
“For 2018 my wish is true PEACE and PROGRESS for every family, for our communities and for our country. I pray that as Filipinos, we will put our love for country in action, by building inclusive businesses, promoting equitable practices, and showing genuine love for neighbor. As an educator, I hope that more youth entrepreneurs will make a difference for our country!” – Joy Abaquin, Multiple Intelligence School International
“I wish for our country’s continued phenomenal economic growth and for the alleviation of the lives of our less fortunate Filipino brothers and sisters. My wish for my children is for them to continue to appreciate the love of God and that they would be strengthened by it and for them to pass on this love to the people they encounter everyday through their kindness and humility.” – Federico Moreno, Xcess Salon
Romy Bernardo (Lazaro Bernardo Tiu / RL Bernardo Associates), Glenn Yu (Seaoil Philippines), and Rommel Sytin (Foton Motor Philippines)
“My wishes include: much more activity under Build Build Build (BBB), government’s massive P8.1 trillion medium-term infrastructure program that has been likened to a battleship that will be hard to stop once it has gathered momentum; passage of Package 2 of the Duterte Administration’s Comprehensive Tax Reform Program. Package 2 seeks to lower the corporate income tax rate (CIT), currently at 30% and higher than the statutory tax rates in most ASEAN economies; and moderate inflation pressures that will give the BSP more freedom to manage domestic and external risks, including tightening global financial conditions expected to accompany a wider current account deficit. – Romy Bernardo, Lazaro Bernardo Tiu / RL Bernardo Associates
“I for one would like for 2018 to pass more slowly, so that I can truly appreciate and think about, learn and understand each experience, each encounter, each moment – this to me is about making LIFE more intentional and meaningful. A friend shared with me this quote from John Maxwell, “Learning to write is learning to think. You don’t know anything clearly unless you can state it in writing.” So I’m committed to going back to journaling this year. Something that I used to do, but admittedly have not been able to over the past year.” – Glenn Yu, Seaoil Philippines
“My wish is that the country will continue to prosper and improve the lives of people living in the poverty line. Peace in the universe and our nation. Our President continue to be guided by the good Lord to help our country move leaps and bounds.” – Rommel Sytin, Foton Motor Philippines
Manny Pangilinan, Joey Concepcion, and Doy Vea
The ASEAN chairmanship is successful because of the partnership between the private and the public sectors. For us in the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, we have partnered with government agencies and private companies in order to stage the conferences and the meetings we had for the past year.
Last week, we had a simple appreciation and thanksgiving night to celebrate the achievement we had for the 50th ASEAN year. We are glad to host a dinner for our government officials and partner entrepreneurs who are our allies in achieving prosperity for all.
For me, the Philippine chairmanship is one of the best chairmanships of ASEAN. Although we are considered the little brother of APEC, we are glad to have lived up to the expectation.
The chairmanship has ended but the work still continues. It is now time to turn our visions and plans into reality. The theme “Prosperity for All” will not remain a theme; it must be implemented.
I know that moving forward, the relationships we’ve fostered with the government and the large conglomerates will be beneficial for all—especially for important projects such as infrastructure development. Many of those who have rallied behind the call for shared prosperity will continue to join us through the many projects Go Negosyo has lined up in the coming years. Truly, the closer ties between the public and private sector will blossom as we all work together to bring inclusive growth and development in the country.
Here are some photos I wish to share with you:
ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
Daniel Zuellig and Joey Concepcion
Kevin Tan, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Felix Ang, and BCDA Pres. Vince Dizon
Ricky Razon, Felix Ang, Erramon Aboitiz
Irene Barcelon, George Barcelon, Lance Gokongwei, Alfred Ty, Cong. Arthur Yap and Michael Tan
Enrique Razon and George Barcelon
Lizzie Zobel, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Joey Concepcion
Luis Virata, Libet Virata, and Daniel Zuellig
Hans Sy, Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, Lance Gokongwei, Atty. Sal Panelo and PA RJ Jacinto
Michael Tan and Cong. Arthur Yap
Teresita Sy-Coson, one of the ASEAN BAC Philippines member, gave a short message during the appreciation dinner.
ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion thanks all the partners who made the ASEAN BAC Philippine chairmanship successful.
Executive Secretary Bingbong Medialdea said in his speech, “With a lot of hard work and support from different sectors of the government, as well as the private sector, through the well-coordinated efforts, we can all be proud to say that we have hosted the 30th ASEAN and the 50th Founding Anniversary of the ASEAN successfully, safely, efficiently, and with dignity and elegance.”
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, PA for Visayas Michael Dino, Jay Yuvallos, Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, Budget Secretary Ben Diokno, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, and Bettina Quimson.
Luis Ferrer, Hans Sy, and Edgar Saavedra
Ricky Delgado, Joey Concepcion and Alfred Ty
US Ambassador Sung Kim, Finance Sec. Sonny Dominguez, Ricky Delgado, and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
Joey Concepcion, Sen. Migz Zubiri and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Manny Pangilinan and Eric Alberto
Josephine Gotianun-Yap, and Sec. Ben Diokno
BCDA President Vince Dizon with wife Essie, Doris Ho, and Russian Amb. Igor Khovaev
President Rodrigo Duterte and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion together with the 143 ASEAN Mentors who pledged their commitment to the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network.
Planning and organizing the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit was a taxing yet one of the best experiences in my life. The grueling months of hard work all paid off as we all welcome the delegates on our first day last November 12, 2017.
We started inviting all the state leaders in the first quarter of the year and all these months of coordination with their embassies made it possible for five out of 18 state leaders to attend. Even the attendance of business leaders and entrepreneurship advocates made the ABIS 2017 truly an insightful conference.
All these would have not been possible without the support of Tessie Sy-Coson, George Barcelon, and all the members of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council. I also would like to thank the Go Negosyo advocates who have been with us since 2005, members of the government, our mentors, and of course, my family.
Here are some photos I wish to share with you.
ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion launched the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network which will create the largest pool of mentors across the region to better guide micro and small entrepreneurs.
Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion shared a chat with President Rodrigo Duterte.
Myanmar’s icon of democracy Aung San Suu Kyi together with ASEAN Business Advisory Council Member Teresita Sy-Coson.
ASEAN BAC Chairpersons welcomed Her Excellency Aung San Suu Kyi to the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017.
143 ASEAN Mentors are all ready to mentor micro and small entrepreneurs in order for them to scale up not just in their respective countries but also across the region.
World Economic Forum Chairman Nazir Razak and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla.
ASEAN BAC Philippines’ members Joey Concepcion, George Barcelon and Teresita Sy-Coson.
Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Union Minister Aung San Suu Kyi discussed women empowerment and human capital development.
Her Excellency Aung San Suu Kyi together with ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion.
ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion encouraged everyone to embrace inclusivity.
ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepion, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez and wife, Malou Lopez, and ASEAN BAC member George Barcelon.
President Duterte expressed his support to the micro and small entrepreneurs by adding budget to the MSME development.
ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion being interviewed by the media prior to the program.
ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion with India Ambassador Jaideep Mazumdar.
Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was welcomed by ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion.
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corporation joined the panel on infrastructure development.
Maria Ressa of Rappler and Enrique Razon of International Container Terminal Services Inc.
His Excellency Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Republic of India.
His Excellency President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of South Korea.
Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo together with former Trade Secretary Jose Concepcion Jr., and wife, Marivic.
Vice President Leni Robredo closed the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit with a message on poverty alleviation.
ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion during the segment Big Brother Knows.
I was honored to share the ASEAN Business Advisory Council’s mission of bringing prosperity for all across all sectors in the region. Right before the ASEAN Business Awards, I was invited to impart the 3Ms to the women entrepreneurs who attended the ASEAN Women Business Conference. During my talk, I shared the importance of Mentorship, Money and Market which we all think that will help all micro and small entrepreneurs scale up.
While money and market are equally important, for me, mentorship is the most powerful tool that can help MSMEs gain business acumen from mentors and business experts. Mentorship guides the micro and small entrepreneurs and also the young entrepreneurs.
I shared some wisdom to young entrepreneurs who actively participated in the ASEAN Youth Carnival. I shared my story: of how I started my business at 19, of how I was mentored by my father, and how creativity and passion can lead young individuals like them to success.
The goal of prosperity for all will be achieved if we exercise inclusivity. Medium and large corporations can include micro and small entrepreneurs in their supply chain by adopting an inclusive business model. This is why I reminded the delegates of the ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit that we need to continuously promote inclusivity amongst the business community.
Here are some highlights to these three successful Department of Trade and Industry-led summits:
ASEAN Business Awards Inclusive Business Winner Teodoro Ferrer of Erikagen Corporation shared their inclusive business model during the ASEAN inclusive Business Summit.
Inclusive Business stakeholders including Teodoro Ferrer (Erikagen), Felicitas Pantoja (Coffee for Peace), Chittharath Philaphandeth (KP Company) and Clint Coo (Siam Organics) shared their inputs on inclusivity. The forum was moderated by Anthony Pangilinan.
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez imparted the importance of inclusivity during the ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit
Kelly Bird of Asian Development Bank.
Panel on Partnering for Competitive and Inclusive Business Models featured Kathleen Mignano (World Bank Group), Giovanni Alingon (Glovax Biotech Corporation), Kelvin Ng (Binca Seafoods GmBH Singapore), Mary Ann Sayoc (East West Seed Group), and Simon Bakker (Kennemer Foods International).
(L-R) Pamela Bracey (ADB), Eriko Ishikawa (World Bank Group), Martin Lemoine (ADB), and Laetitia Lienart (Credit Suisse).
Economic Ministers led by H.E. Ramon Lopez (Philippines), H.E. Enggratiasto Lukita (Indonesia), H.E. Dato Sri Mustafa Mohamed (Malaysia), and H.E. Tran Tuan Anh (Vietnam) joined the forum on enabling inclusive business through policy which was moderated by Marie-Louise Hanannan (Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN).
Amb. Delia Albert during the ASEAN Women’s Business Conference.
Singapore Amb. Kok Li Peng, Dorothy Tembo, and Pacita Juan.
ASEAN Women Breaking the Gender Glass Ceiling and Gender Pay Gap panelists: Ces Drilon, Ambe Tierro (Accenture Philippines), Lorraine Parkin (Grant Thorton Singapore), Julia King (Sapphire Group), and Dr. Chonchanok Viravan (Pathanasomdoon Company Limited).
ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs of the Year Awardees.
ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairman Joey Concepcion
Leader’s Convergence Panel (L-R) Emeline Versoza, Chit Juan, Amb. Delia Albert, Usec. Nora Terrado, Joey Concepcion, Dorothy Tembo, Dr. Nagesh Kumar and Boots Garcia.
Boots Garcia, Emmeline Versoza, Usec. Nora Terrado, and Chit Juan.
ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion played as big brother mentor to ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Association President Rommel Gerodias during the ASEAN Youth Carnival.
DTI Usec. Nora Terrado during the ASEAN Youth Carnival.
The official launch of ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Association
Eleanor Mak of Australia-ASEAN Business Council
ASEAN BAC Chairman Joey Concepcion during the segment Big Brother Knows.